Monitoring for Excellence

As I've mentioned in the post on Focused Coaching, over the course of the past two years, we have moved away from having a small number of high stakes, judgemental lesson observations for our...

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Multiple Choice - Multiple Revision Paths

This post focuses on some of the work of Lorraine Jordan, our Curriculum Leader for Humanities and teacher of Geography, with her Year 11 GCSE group.  Way back last year, in preparation for...

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I thought for some time about whether there should be separate sections for literacy and numeracy on our SATLIGHT Blog or whether they should be included as parts of the Teaching and Learning...

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Excitingly, the eighth day of advent brings our first guest post. It's been provided by Mr Pete McKinniss, our Assistant Principal responsible for Numeracy and New Technologies. Numeracy forms a...

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Behaviour For Learning

In order for all teachers, from those who have been teaching for many years through to Newly Qualified Teachers, trainees and supply teachers, to be able to maintain a level of behaviour in...

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Personal Best

Personal Best is the title we’ve given to our strategy to engage students in the process of always seeking to improve on their past performance – of pursuing excellence. As in many...

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Focused Coaching

Swindon Academy introduced Focused Coaching in 2013 as a means of developing the skills of our Year 11 teachers. We have, in the 2014-15 academic year, ensured that all teachers now have a Focused...

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Teach Like a Champion

Whilst thick in the midst of planning for our mastery curriculum and redefining our teaching and learning model, a number of members of our Senior Leadership Team began reading Doug Lemov’s...

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Teaching and Learning Model

There are numerous potential models of Teaching and Learning which you can subscribe to and prescribe in your school if I you so wish. Alongside these, there often sits a teaching cycle such as...

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Back in the summer of 2013, we began the process of preparing for the implementation of a mastery curriculum for our 2014 Year 7 cohort. We knew that we were looking to ensure that the students...

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